Spring 2010 – Professor Yang

Stability:  Lab One

Name: ___Brittney Olsen____________                         Date: _______2/14/2011________        Lab Group Day and #: _201 monday_________


A. To observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and Cortland students.

B. To get to “know” some of the students at St. Mary’s through play and participation.

C. To make yourself aware of Stability (static and dynamic movements) across the different phases of motor development (Table 1.6, page 21 of Gallahue text)

TODAY IS FAIRLY INFORMAL! Have fun but be purposeful, try to learn a little about your students including their names.



* Assigned group stays with Pre-K for entire time

  1. Play with kids – parachute activities
  2. Fine Motor Activities (coloring, books, story time, etc.)
  3. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  4. Tag games from Text  


  1. Fine motor activity (finger twister, coloring, etc.)
  2. Observation of fine motor activity (eating, coloring, etc.)
  3. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  4. Tag games from Text


  1. Tag Games from Adventure Activities
  2. Tag games from Text


  1. Organize PE equipment rooms, ball bins, racks
  2. Cut out photos for labeling equipment boxes


TASK A – Gross and Fine Motor Observation:  Please answer the following questions, all responses must be typed:

Observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and your peers (Cortland students).  Try to get an idea of the behaviors of the St. Mary’s students – Do they listen well? Do they remain on task? What do they attend to?  What motivates them to play?

1. Based upon observation, what are the differences in motor behavior and  social between the St. Mary’s students you observed?  What differences did you observe between grade levels, gender, and ability?  Do you think that grade level, gender, and ability have any influence on motor behavior?

2.  Based upon your observation, what fine motor activities did you observe (describe these) when watching the St. Mary’s students?  Were there differences between age?  Gender? Ability?  

1.While at St. Mary’s playing tag I notice a few differences between the kids. I noticed that the boys had a more direct plan on who they were going to run after while the girls were a little less determined. I also noticed while playing jump robe with different ages of girls that the younger student could not jump into an already moving rope, that we had to count it into her and tap her leg with the rope so that she knew when we were going to stop swinging. The older girls

preferred that the rope was already in motion and they used the help of hand motion to help them determine when to jump in.

2.While in the snack time with the kids I noticed while playing checkers with the girls, that the younger child used her whole hand to pick the piece up and the older child used just her fingers. I also noticed that when the children were coloring the older students were able to use the stencils a little more appropriately then the younger ones. The older students were also able to draw better shapes like circles, lines boxes things like that.